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bag

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,+.4670

  • Description

    Bag made of vegetable fibre, cord. Coiled bag

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 centimetres
    • Width: 43 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Label attached to bag, probably in Davis' hand, reads: "Basket. Made by the Aborigines of South Australia. Encounter Bay Tribe. Brought by Jane Moorhouse"

    Jane Moorhouse was the wife of Mathew Moorhouse (1813-1876) doctor, and the first permanent Protector of Aborigines in South Australia, who published a vocabulary of the Murrary River Aborigines in 1846. He had many dealings with Aboriginal people of the Lower Murray and Lakes, including those of the 'Encounter Bay Tribe'.

    Another label attached to the bag reads: "+467.0 Dr JB Davis. Tasmania." The attribution of Tasmania is incorrect. The reverse of this label reads "AWF 4 Nov 1889". This label indicates that Franks presented the bag to the British Museum on this date.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bolton 2011 p.56 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1889

  • Acquisition notes

    Presented to the British Museum by A.W. Franks Esq. on 4 November 1889.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,+.4670

  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1889C2.4670 (old CDMS no.)

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